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Ugandan graduate hopes to improve food security back home

Alex Abaca, one of our recent graduates, is hoping to improve life for people in his home country of Uganda, when he continues studying at Bath for a PhD in making cassava crops more sustainable.

Putting the brakes on cancer

A new study has been published in leading PNAS journal by scientists at the University.

New Elec Eng education programme with Sichuan University

The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering will be launching a new joint education programme with the leading Electrical Engineering School at Sichuan University, China, when the first cohort of students are welcomed at Bath in September 2015.

Plain cigarette packaging: Is the government stalling?

Karen Evans-Reeves, Research Associate in our Tobacco Control Research Group, writes in the Conversation that despite public consultations, a government-commissioned review of the evidence, and a vote in the Commons, the future for the branding of tobacco packs remains unclear.

REF2014 results confirm Bath’s research excellence

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) have confirmed the excellence of the research undertaken at the University of Bath and further enhanced our reputation as a leading research University.

REF2014 results are our best ever

A message from the Vice-Chancellor on our performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Meet the people behind the research

We’re making aircraft more fuel efficient.

Professor Richard Butler and his colleagues have helped Airbus and GKN save 40,000 tonnes of fuel over the lifetime of each A350-XWB airliner, by developing an algorithm to design lightweight composite wings.

Consolidating relationships with Zhejiang

The VC recently welcomed an academic delegation led by Executive Vice President Professor Yonghua Song

Dr Wali Aslam comments on Pakistan Taliban attack

Dr Wali Aslam from PoLIS was interviewed by BBC Radio Wiltshire about the Peshawar Taliban attacks which took place on Tuesday 16 December 2014.

Students win first prize for sustainable architecture

PG Certificate Professional Practice students Nathan Ovens, William Hei, Darran Levins and Timothy Anderson have won first prize in the category of Urban Development and Transformation, Landscape Development at the Blue Award 2014, an international student competition for sustainable architecture.

Why whistleblowing doesn’t come easily

Research from our Department of Computer Science has found an explanation for why we often believe gossip more than our own personal experiences. The study also gives a biological explanation as to why it is so difficult for people to come forward as a whistleblower for their organisation.

Team Bath sign import Bessie Manu for 2015 Superleague season

An article on Sky Sports: Team Bath have signed the first overseas player in their history as part of an innovative reciprocal partnership with New Zealand’s Kia Waikato Bay of Plenty 'Magic' franchise.

Paul Salkovskis talks to BBC Bristol about hoarding

Professor Paul Salkovskis from our Department of Psychology talked to BBC Radio Bristol about his new hoarding study.

£5m funding towards 4ES construction

We have been successful in a bid for £5m funding as part of Government investment in STEM subjects

Clearer future for blind people thanks to vOICe device

New findings from our Psychology researchers could pave the way for better treatments for blind people

Clearer future for blind thanks to vOICe device

New research into The vOICe device could pave the way for better treatments for blind people.

Great film: Bath academics share the rewards of outreach

Some of our academics who are involved in working with schools and young people talk about what they gain from the experience.

Student wins bronze at Fencing Championships

Chemical Engineering student Stuart Scott won a bronze medal in the team Sabre competition at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Scotland recently.

Impact of social policy in MENA region on agenda

The recent IPR MENA network conference discussed social policy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Research sows the seeds for improved food security

Scientists from our Department of Biology & Biochemistry investigating the genetic basis of natural variation in seed size and seed number in plants have discovered that it’s possible to maximise both, opening new avenues to increase crop yields and improving food security.

Fruit & Veg Stall: Christmas closure

The Fruit & Veg Stall on campus will close from Monday 15 December for the Christmas period and will re-open in the New Year.

School of Management explores future partnerships in India

In addition to hosting two alumni events and attendance at the Education UK event in Delhi, along with representatives from the International Relations Office (IRO) and the Faculty of Engineering & Design, the delegation visited the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) and H.R. College of Commerce & Economics, University of Mumbai, where opportunities for future collaborations were discussed.

Why we need to talk about death

As a new Dying Matters Coalition report is released showing that almost half of Britons would feel uncomfortable talking to someone who has been recently bereaved, Professor Tony Walter, Director of our Centre for Death & Society, speaks about the importance of talking about death, dying and grief.

Over 150 sign up for Academic Reps Conference

The annual conference is designed to equip newly elected reps with the fundamental skills they need to be successful in the role, as well as offering more topical sessions and advanced skills sessions for returning reps.

View photos & videos of our graduation ceremonies

Our winter degree congregations took place at the Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 December 2014

Meet six of our successful alumni

As each graduation ceremony passes, our alumni community grows ever bigger...

Aerospace Engineering alumna returns to give fascinating lecture

Staff and students were treated to a fascinating lecture from Jenny Cane at the inaugural Whorrod Inspirational Engineering Event.

Construction MSc gains chartered accreditation

Subject to final ratification, our MSc International Construction Management (ICM) by distance learning programme has been accreditated by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), entitling graduates of the programme to progress straight to corporate membership after successfully completing a professional interview.

Research students host successful conference at Bath

The third annual South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) Student Conference, involving over 100 doctoral students from the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter, was held on campus on 5 November 2014.

Bath to be part of new quantum network

The Centre for Photonics & Photonic Materials in the Department of Physics will contribute to a new quantum information technologies hub through its optical fibre fabrication facility and optics labs.

‘Big Brother’ surveillance in elite sport

An article by Andrew Manley and Shaun Williams (Department for Health) has been published in The Conversation

Vice-Chancellor visits India

Dame Glynis gives an update about the UK-India Higher Education Summit in New Delhi

Ugandan graduate aspires to help his country

A science graduate from Uganda is hoping that his degree will help him to improve life for people in his home country, by strengthening food security.

Vice-Chancellor honours outstanding research

Professor Jane Millar OBE, from our Department of Social and Policy Sciences, will receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Medal, at this year’s winter award ceremonies on Wednesday 9 December.

vOICe project featured on BBC Radio 4 Today programme [02.50.00]

Michael J Proulx (Psychology) talks about vOICe: the soundscape headsets that allow blind people to ‘see’ the world.

Veronica Hope Hailey explores what makes a leader trustworthy

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the School of Management, recently presented her thought-provoking Trust & Leadership research to over 100 guests at the School’s Change Management Forum.

Pupils are engaged & inspired by Spotlight on Languages

Over 160 pupils and teachers from schools across the South of England and Wales visited the University to take part in the Spotlight on Languages event earlier this month.

C. difficile research published as Diamond science highlight

Research carried out by PhD student William Bradshaw using the state of the art Diamond Synchrotron Source at Didcot has been published on the Diamond Light Source website.

Graduations - Tuesday & Wednesday

Over 900 students & 7 honorary graduands will receive degrees at The Assembly Rooms

Making the case for evidence

Making management decisions based on the best available evidence may sound obvious, but not in practice it seems. Rob Briner, Professor of Organisational Psychology, is on a mission to make evidence-based decisions as routine for the profession of management as it is for others.

Made in Bath

Over 900 students will receive their degrees at this year’s winter graduation ceremonies at The Assembly Rooms.

Graduates celebrate at winter award ceremonies

Over 900 students will receive degrees at our annual winter graduation ceremonies at The Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 December.

Breakthrough in fibrosis research

Researchers led by Professor Steve Ward (Pharmacy & Pharmacology) and Professor David Tosh (Biology & Biochemistry) have made an important discovery that might lead to novel therapies to combat chronic fibrotic diseases.

Self-healing concrete featured on BBC Radio Bristol

An interview with Drs Richard Cooper & Trupti Sharma (Biology & Biochemistry) and Andrew Heath (Architecture & Civil Engineering) about self repairing concrete which may help solve the problem of cracks and pot-holes.

David Cutts talks about voting on BBC Sunday Politics show

Dr David Cutts (Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies) was interviewed by the Sunday Politics West about voting behaviours.

Volunteers wanted for new Compulsive Hoarding study

Our researchers need local volunteers for a new hoarding study.

Chick Wilson speaks about molecules at Science Café: Mon

Professor Chick Wilson (Department of Chemistry) will give a talk: Mysterious cases of misbehaving molecules! at this month's free Bath Science Café: 7.30pm for 8pm start - The Raven Pub, Queen Street, Bath.

Dr Rogers elected Fellow of Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Dr Philip Rogers, Director of Teaching and Deputy Head of the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, has been designated a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for distinction in the profession of pharmacy.

Researchers to use algae to clean up mine water

We're part of a ground breaking GW4 research project that aims to clean up water from a Cornish tin mine, using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals and produce biofuel at the same time.

Chris James on school governance in The Conversation

Professor Chris James (Education) discusses the difficulties of recruiting school governors in The Conversation.

Celebrate graduation day with a selfie!

To share the fun of the occasion celebrate graduation day with a selfie and share on Twitter at #BathGradSelfie

Bigger chance of AI saving us than of wiping us out

In response to Professor Stephen Hawking's claim that artificial intelligence (AI) poses a serious threat to mankind's very existence, Dr Joanna Bryson, our AI expert from the Department of Computer Science, argues the development of AI could be a force for good if correctly regulated.

Citizen rage grips Mexico

PhD student Ricardo Velazquez Leyer (Social & Policy Sciences) discusses in The Conversation how the 43 students missing since September have become a symbol of Mexico’s struggle for peace and injustice.

Micro-capsules and bacteria to be used in self-healing concrete

Researchers from Bath aim to develop novel self-healing concrete that uses an inbuilt immune system to close its own wounds and prevent deterioration.

Mech Eng to partner in £30m aerospace research programme

The programme will bring wing design, manufacture and assembly technologies near to market readiness, whilst selecting some novel technologies for further development.

Financial links of tobacco industry evidence revealed

New analysis of the links between Big Tobacco and evidence supplied against standardised packaging.

Bath Scheme for experienced staff

UK-wide benchmarked professional recognition for contributions to teaching & supporting learning in HE

Why do young people join violent causes?

Jason Hart, Senior Lecturer in International Development, discusses in The Conversation how young people join military groups or engage in less organised political violence due to diverse, complex motives.

Podcast: Can game theory help global environment protection

Professor Michael Finus delivered his inaugural lecture on 5 November 2014 titled: Global environmental protection: success or failure?

Register now to take the Polar Plunge: Sat 6 Dec

The Polar Plunge will see people jump into 20-tons of ice-cold water here on campus in aid of Special Olympics GB.

Gary Lock's inaugural - Staying cool under pressure: Tue 2 Dec

Professor Gary Lock (Aerospace Engineering) will deliver his inaugural lecture entitled 'Staying cool under pressure' on Tuesday 2 December in 2 East 3.1 at 6.15pm. All welcome.

Watch our new Better@Bath video

Last week, staff & students attended the Better@Bath Reception where our new film was launched

Podcast: The rings of Saturn & the Cassini mission

Delivered by Professor Carl Murray, Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London, this year's William Herschel Society lecture focused on the mission of the Cassini spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004.

Tiange is runner up in Ford Prize for Women in STEM Study

Recognising that women are traditionally underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) studies and in association with the Ford Professional Women’s Network, the inaugural Ford Prize for Women in STEM Study 2014 has been announced, celebrating the achievements of women in STEM in the UK.

Dr John Troyer talks about avatars on BBC Radio 4

Dr John Troyer from our Centre for Death & Society talks about avatars on Beyond Belief, BBC Radio 4

University hosts CBI South West Economics Dinner

Research & Innovation Services and the School of Management co-hosted and sponsored the CBI South West Economics Dinner, which brought together over 50 business leaders and executives to network and share best practice.

GW4 Alliance brings economic & social benefits to Wales

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) attended the Welsh launch of the GW4 Alliance this week.

Grant to develop advanced hypoxic imaging facility

Researchers from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and Biology & Biochemistry have been awarded a BBSRC ALERT 14 equipment grant to develop a unique and cutting edge facility in Bath to enable them to study the impact that low oxygen conditions (hypoxia) have on cell function.

Bill Durodié on new counter-terrorism proposals [1:35:42]

Professor Bill Durodié from our Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland.

£3.2m fund to boost UK university spin-outs & research

The ‘iCURe’ project will see early-stage researchers at the five SETsquared universities (Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) being given tailored training, mentoring and funds to speed up the commercialisation of their ideas, technologies and products.

Daphne Jackson Trust wins WISE award

The Daphne Jackson Trust, which recently helped two of our STEM subject researchers return to work after a career break, has won a Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Leadership Award.

Struggling schools need more governors with the right skills

The latest IPR Policy Brief highlights the challenges of recruitment and retention of school governors and suggest possible solutions for policy-makers.

David Galbreath on raising of the terror level - BBC Bristol

Professor David Galbreath from our Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies talks to Geoff Twentyman about the implicatons terror level legislation.

European industry collaborations at new building research park

There are several large scale European funded research projects with industry which are located at our £1m Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded HIVE.

Chick Wilson featured in exhibition at Royal Albert Hall

To celebrate the International Year of Crystallography, the Illuminating Atoms exhibition presents a selection of photographs by Max Alexander portraying the inspirational work of crystallographers, including our own Professor Chick Wilson from the Department of Chemistry.

Running the Bath Half? Need some help?

Have you signed up for the Bath Half and feel the need for a bit of help with your training? Team Bath might just have the right thing for you.

New species of dinosaur discovered lying forgotten in a museum

A University of Bath palaeontologist studying fossils that were kept in a museum in Canada for over 75 years has discovered a new species of dinosaur.

Organisation relocation encourages employees to leave the car behind

New research from our Department of Psychology looks at changing commuting patterns in favour of more sustainable or healthier options.

Should parents attend uni open days? Guardian

Mike Nicholson, our Director of Admissions, talks to the Guardian in an article about whether it helps for parents to accompany their children to open days.

Students enjoy Dyson workshop & lecture

Last month the Department welcomed two guests from internationally renowned vacuum company Dyson and their non-profit arm, the James Dyson Foundation.

New professor to take Physics beyond the Galaxy

Our Department of Physics is delighted to announce that it has appointed Professor Carole Mundell to establish a new Astrophysics research group at the University.

Roy Wyatt on a fast changing knowledge economy

Roy Wyatt, Managing Director of Seiche Measurements Ltd, talks about his research collaborations with the University.

Visit to Zhejiang University builds on existing links

Steven Bull, Chris Frost, and Simon Lewis attended a research meeting in Hangzhou, China, where a variety of approaches to strengthen research links between the two universities were discussed including staff and student exchanges in 2015.

New centre for water research approved

Our new Water Innovation & Research Centre will bring together a diverse, multi-disciplinary team

Podcast - 27th Designability Lecture: 'Data Scientist - heal thyself'

'Internet of Things' technologies have emerged over recent years as enabling technologies for life-long healthcare, and increasingly these technologies are seen as moving health from the hospital to the home, whilst at the same time shifting responsibility for health from the clinician to computer scientists and engineers.

What does Friday's UKIP victory say?

What (if anything) does the UKIP win in Rochester & Strood mean for the 2015 General Election?

Largest ever KTP awarded with Seiche

We have secured our third Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Seiche Measurements Ltd, a company with international expertise in underwater sound measurement for the detection of marine mammals.

I-SEE: Creating a stable, sensible energy policy for Britain

I-SEE seminar: Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England & Wales - 'A politics that works: how do we create a stable, sensible energy policy for Britain?'

New podcast - David Galbreath's inaugural lecture

Professor Galbreath's inaugural lecture asked whether the evolution of technology requires us to be forever vigilant in the face of a new type of warfare.

Matt Dickson on Radio 4 about grammar schools [from 17:20]

Matt Dickson from Social & Policy Sciences was interviewed for Radio 4's 'You & Yours' about his grammar school research. (Matt's interview starts at 17.20):

Chemistry & Nano Science Symposium in S Korea

The research meeting, attended by Steven Bull, Chris Frost and Tony James, was very timely since it follows the exchange of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Bath and Ewha Womans University.

Better social policy central to peace in Middle East and North Africa

A two day conference organised by the University will focus on social policy issues in the Middle East and North Africa.

Academics head to Xiamen for CASE network meeting

Steven Bull, Chris Frost, Tony James, Toby Jenkins and Simon Lewis attended the 6th Catalysis & Sensing for our Environment (CASE) network meeting hosted at Xiamen University, China, by Yun-Bao Jiang.

Ministerial visit for South West’s low carbon sector

Amber Rudd, MP and Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), visited the University of Bath Innovation Centre (UBIC), on Tuesday 18 November, to discover how the South West is leading innovation in low carbon development.

Better@Bath publication out now

The Autumn Better@Bath publication is themed around the creative & effective use of teaching spaces

New research: Case studies on openness in higher education

The Department of Education (Dr Manuel Souto-Otero) and the School of Management (Dr Robin Shields) are to lead on an exciting new research project on "Open Cases: case studies on openness in higher education" for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

900 attend first ever Eng & Design Industrial Placements Fair

The Faculty of Engineering & Design recently hosted its first ever Industrial Placements Fair to showcase to students the range of placement opportunities available via the Faculty’s extensive industrial network.